Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Clinical Experience

The residency program exposes trainees to seven major subspecialties. Trainees will rotate with each faculty member in their sub-specialty at least once in your five-year program.

All rotations take place at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics or at nearby hospitals.

Rotation Schedule

RotationPGY-1PGY-2PGY-3PGY-4PGY-5
ElectiveUW
Foot and AnkleUW/MHUW/MH
HandUW/MHUW/MHUW/MH
JointsUWUW/MHUWUW
Night Float (two four-week blocks) UW
PediatricsUWUWUWUW
Research (four weeks as a PGY-2 & eight weeks as a PGY-3)UWUW
SpineUWUWUW
SportsUWUWUW
TraumaUWUWUWUWUW
OncologyUWUW
VAVAVAVA

MH = UnityPoint Health – Meriter Hospital (approximately three miles from University Hospital)

UW = University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

VA = Veterans Administration Hospital (adjoins University Hospital)

Elective = Residents may choose to participate in a global health elective rotation (up to four weeks long) or spend the time in a subspecialty of their interest as a senior resident.

Non-Orthopedics Rotation Schedule (required by ACGME)

During PGY-1, residents will rotate through the following at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • General Surgery Trauma
  • Surgical Skills
  • Plastic Surgery

On Call and Emergency Room Coverage

In addition to subspecialty rotations, ER coverage is a 24-hour resident responsibility. At The American Center that responsibility is shared during weekday hours with a physicians assistant. Coverage by the junior resident (first call) is divided into three categories: weekday, night, and weekend coverage.